Plume — Another Definito

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Last week, I shared a definito poem of the word “folly.” While I was working on that, I decided to do a second one, too. I have several books coming out in the spring, and I thought it might be fun to write poems about some of the words that young readers or listeners might not already know. I scoured Zap! Clap! Boom! and found a few possibilities, one of which was “plume.” Here’s what I came up with:

This was fun! I’m not sure whether I’ll do all of them in definito form, or whether I’ll play around with some other forms too.

I shared with my Patreon group (for poetry, picture book, nonfiction, and work-for-hire writers) a readaloud of Zap! Clap! Boom!, as well as the drafting process for this definito poem. Want to learn more about Zap! Clap! Boom! ? You can read about it here, and it’s available for pre-order. I love thunderstorms, and I’m so excited about this beautiful book! Elly MacKay’s art is simply monumental!

Poet Sarah Grace Tuttle is hosting today. She’s been battling long Covid, and it’s great that she is able to join in to Poetry Friday! Check out the Poetry Friday Roundup here! I’m starting to feel caught up after our Scotland trip, and I’m so enjoying seeing what everyone else is up to!

14 Responses

  1. “this journey of smoke into sky”–ahhhhh…love that! Aren’t definitos addicting? Plume is a wonderful world to explore. You have so much exciting booky news these days–congratulations!!! Zap! Clap! Boom! looks amazing!

  2. “feather of weather” What a great way to define words for your new book! Clever!

  3. Laura, plume is a great word to explore and you did this so well. I love hats with plumes. A feather of weather is delightful. I look forward to your next book. Do you need book reviewers?

  4. Oh! “a feather of weather” is such a wonderful phrase! I love it! I’m definitely looking forward to your thunderstorm book. Thank you so much for sharing! And, thank you for your kind words. 🙂

  5. Lovely! Like others, I love the “feather of weather”–the rhyme we’ve always wanted to make and didn’t have a reason to! Save up these definitos. I’m hatching a plan.…

  6. Loving your “feather of weather” Laura, and that you’re spreading news of your new book with this poem, ???? congrats ???? and thanks!

  7. “threads in the wind” and “feather of weather” love those lines! Your poems are always amazing! I can’t wait to add Zap! Clap! Boom! to my collection! Congratulations on all your spring titles!

  8. Love what you wrote about plume…it reminded me about seeing a tire factory on fire last year in St. Paul — all we saw was the plume! You are so creative and I’m excited about your new books!

  9. What a FANTASTIC idea to write definitos for words in your books that kids might not know! I was surprised last week that kids didn’t know JAB (I mean really, in this COVID vaccine world??). None of them knew LOB, either. Hmm…maybe I have the beginnings of two poems now!!!

  10. Love your ‘feather of weather,’ Laura! I’ve been enoying writing definitos and other poems about some of the words in my own upcoming “Beginner’s Guide” book. Thanks for sharing!

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